I Need Backup


| 10/21/2015 9:40:00 AM


Tags: off grid solar, backup generator, homesteading, Jack Fernard,

Jack Fernard

While the sun may be a never ending source of energy, I'm not always able to see it. About this time of year it goes away and randomly teases me for the next few months. The solar array sitting in my backyard does a surprisingly good job of producing energy in this cloudy weather, but what am I going to do when it gets a foot of snow on it? For this reason, I decided to purchase a backup generator.

Backup power

There are many different kinds of generators available and on the surface they are pretty much the same. But if you're living off-grid and relying completely on yourself, then there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Fuel

The fuel you use to run your generator is going to depend a lot on your particular situation. I've read of people using diesel and this fuel does have its advantages. If you live on a farm and have a tractor or two in the barn, then chances are you have diesel easily available. Another fuel would be propane. If you live a ways back off of the beaten path, then chances are, you're using propane for cooking or heat. And while propane may be more expensive than diesel, it stores a whole lot better. The last thing you want to do is come home after being away for six months and find out the fuel for your generator has gone bad.




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